Mini Margarita Cheesecakes
These Mini Margarita Cheesecakes are the perfect dessert for Cinco de Mayo–festive, delicious, light, and delicious served with coffee!
Hey, friends. It’s time to get the backyard entertaining area cleaned up and ready for spring and summer entertaining! We hosted a party last weekend, which I’ll be sharing more details about very soon! In the meantime, the best way to get back into the swing of socializing is to host a small gathering that celebrates the warmer weather. At least for our southern Oregon weather, there’s no excuse! :)
Get outdoor space ready.
We usually remove all items from the patio, blow or hose down the area, and then put everything back into its “clean” space. It takes a little effort, but then it’s ready and clean for the few months ahead of entertaining, and enjoying the backyard space.
Here are a few tips that I’ve learned help inspire and get my springtime entertaining mojo going, especially for the first outdoor dinner party of the year!
6 spring entertaining tips:
1. Since spring weather is sometimes unpredictable, have an optional plan, such as moving the party under a covered patio, or inside, just in case it gets cool or rainy.
2. Clean and toss. Toss old candles, clean off surfaces (Windex is my best friend), remove winter yard tools, shoes, etc. and fill a vessel with lovely garden clippings.
3. Tie the outdoors into the indoors. Bring an outdoor plant inside and make your kitchen bright and pretty! I brought an azalea indoors and wrapped it with burlap.
4. Make sure the outdoor furniture is clean and comfortable. Maybe add a couple of blankets for those who want to wrap their legs around the table, if you don’t have an outdoor heater.
5. Music and lights. Make sure your music is situated with working speakers and playlists. Outdoor lights always add ambience to evening get-togethers.
6. End the night well. Make a fabulous dessert and serve with coffee at the end of the party.
Don’t forget to delegate.
Don’t forget, it’s okay to ask your guests to bring dishes and drinks! These days, most guests want to contribute when asked to a dinner party.
Mini Margarita Cheesecakes.
This time my friend Laurel (who is a fabulous cook) brought dessert. Many times her husband, Lloyd, will cook and bring a dish, but this time she made these Mini Margarita Cheesecakes.
This is the perfect dessert for Cinco de Mayo, if you’re hosting this year. It’s festive, delicious, light, and easy to serve with coffee!
What chores do you need to accomplish to get your outdoor entertaining area ready for its first gathering?
Mini Margarita Cheesecakes
Yield: 15-16 cups
Prep Time: 20 minutes + 2 hours refrigerator time
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
These Mini Margarita Cheesecakes are the perfect dessert for Cinco de Mayo--festive, delicious, light, and delicious served with coffee!
- 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 1-8oz package cream cheese, softened (room temp)
- 5 Tbsp. Tequila
- 1 Tbsp. Triple Sec
- 1 Tbsp. lime juice
- Zest of one lime
- 4T sugar (or to taste)
- Graham Cracker Crust: Stir together the graham crumbs, melted butter and sugar, until the mixture is fully moistened and holds together when pressed. (Do this in your food processor.)
- Press equally into 15-16 cupcake tins. Place in the freezer while making the filling. Can be made a day ahead of time if pressed for time.
- Whip one cup of whipping cream, with 1 Tbsp. sugar until peaks are firm. Set aside.
- Creamy Margarita Filling: Whip together until light, the cream cheese, tequila, triple sec, lime juice, lime zest, and sugar in a medium bowl. Carefully fold in the whipped cream. Taste for desired sweetness and add sugar if too tart.
- Remove graham cracker crusts from the freezer. With an ice cream scoop, place one scoop of cream cheese mixture in each cup.
- When you have used all of the filling, flatten the tops with a rubber spatula and place them in the freezer again to chill until firm, at least 2 hours.
- When ready to serve, wet a towel with very hot water, wring out and place the muffin tin on the hot towel to loosen up the base of the cups. After a few minutes, with a knife, loosen the edges of each cup and twirl a bit to release from the bottom of the cup, and carefully lift out of each cup to your service piece. (Be patient, you may need to test one to see if it is ready to release...just give it a few more minutes if the crust crumbles while lifting it out of the cup....and then eat the test pie while you wait!)
- Garnish with a thin quarter or half slice of lime, or a sprinkle of lime zest.
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